Quick Start Pushes Panthers Past Polar Bears in Football

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BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Middlebury College football team jumped to a 21-point lead in the first quarter and remained unbeaten with a 47-29 victory at Bowdoin on Saturday.

The Panthers, who improved to 7-0, give head coach Bob Ritter his 100th career victory. The Polar Bears remain winless at 0-7 on the season.

Game Highlights

  • After trading possessions in the early going, Middlebury scored quickly on its second drive of the day as Alex Maldjian broke free up the middle on the second play and scampered 45 yards to give the visitors a 7-0 advantage at 7:23 of the opening quarter.
  • Middlebury doubled its lead later in the quarter as quarterback Will Jernigan capped a 6-play, 60-yard drive with a 23-yard keeper to the left pylon at 4:27.
  • The Panthers made it a 21-point game with just 1:06 left in the opening frame as they covered 61 yards in six plays as Jernigan threaded a pass over the middle to Maxim Bochman from 13 yards out.
  • Bowdoin came alive in the second quarter as Nate Richam took a pass from Matthew Marcantano over the middle and broke free for a 53-yard touchdown to cut the lead to 21-7.
  • The Polar Bears looked to cut into Middlebury's lead later in the quarter, but Panther linebacker Jack Pistorius stepped in front of a Marcantano pass and returned it to the Bowdoin 1, and Maldjian dove into the end zone on the next play to give the Panthers a commanding 28-7 lead at the break.
  • Both teams poured it on offensively in the second half as Middlebury got an 18-yard TD run from Jernigan and a 17-yard strike from Jernigan to Bochman to increase the lead to 41-7.
  • Bowdoin scored 22 points in the fourth quarter, opening the period with a seven-yard touchdown run from Nate Richam-Odoi and a 22-yard scoring pass from Austin McCrum to Max Freedman.
  • Middlebury capped their scoring with a 22-yard pass from Ben Tauber to Joseph Mastrangelo, but the PAT was blocked by Bowdoin's Alex Tyson and returned for two points by Soren Birkeland with 3:26 on the clock.
  • The final Bowdoin touchdown of the day came from McCrum to Brendan Ward from 25 yards out to close the scoring with 37 seconds left.

By The Numbers

  • Nate Richam-Odoi finished with 105 yards on the ground for Bowdoin and caught two passes for 53 yards, scoring two touchdowns on the day for Bowdoin.
  • Will Jernigan threw for 153 yards and two scores for Middlebury while Alex Maldjian rushed for 95 for the Panthers.
  • Austin McCrum went 13-18 for 146 yards passing and two TD's for Bowdoin with Max Freedman catching a team-high four passes, including his first collegiate touchdown. Nick Smyth also had four receptions for Bowdoin – the first four of his collegiate career.
  • Michael Carr had two interceptions for Middlebury, who were led by six tackles from Wyllis McKissick and Pete Huggins.
  • Bowdoin was led by 14 total tackles by Joe Gowetski, including six for a loss, a forced fumble and 1.5 sacks.
  • Middlebury totaled 386 yards of offense to Bowdoin's 347. Bowdoin owned a slight 30:32-29:28 edge in the time of possession but committed five turnovers in the loss.

Up Next

  • Bowdoin returns to action next Saturday as they open CBB play against Bates in Lewiston at 5:30 p.m. Bates lost their CBB opener at Waterville to Colby on Saturday, 23-20.
  • Middlebury returns to Vermont for their final home game of the season next Saturday at 12:30 against Hamilton.